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Crime decreased at Tennessee schools last year for at least the sixth year in a row, according to a report released Tuesday.

In the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's yearly School Crime Report, elementary, middle and high schools saw crime drop across the board by 11.5 percent.

"Schools should be among the safest places in our communities," TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a news release. "We hope this study will help law enforcement, school administrators and government officials enhance their safety plans to continue the work to address crime issues in our schools."

The report found that violence is still a problem at schools across the state. Of the 9,741 total offenses reported last year, nearly half were crimes against persons, with simple assault as the most frequently reported offense.

More than half of the victims of school crime last year were female, according to the report.

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